Bill McCarthy is a Minneapolis native, a Vietnam War veteran and a University of Minnesota alumnus. He joined Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 17 in 1985, became a business representative and then was elected president of the local.
In 2002, Bill was elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; the largest central labor body in the state. After serving as Minneapolis RLF President for more than 13 years, Bill McCarthy was elected President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in 2015.
Additionally, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, In March 2012, Bill was named as the winner of a national United Way award for labor leadership, the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award.
Bill also serves as a board member of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, established by the legislature in 2012 and charged with the design, construction and operation of the new multi-purpose stadium which will replace the Metrodome and house the Minnesota Vikings.
Bill is a board member of Meet Minneapolis, Convention + Visitors Association which works to market, sell and maximize the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of our community.
Bill is committed to organizing, mobilizing and reaching out to community allies to build partnerships to create jobs that can sustain a family and strong communities.